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SA's Roelen Strauss crowned Miss World

An estimated one billion viewers watched as Miss South Africa - 22-year-old Roelen Strauss – was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in London on Sunday. She is the first South Africa to win the title since Anneline Kriel was crowned in 1974.

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss

Celebrating Africa's health heroes

In Africa, only 3% of the world's healthcare workers tend to 24% of the global disease burden. To help bridge the skills divide, the University of Cape Town offers programmes aimed at African students who want to make a difference in their home countries. Here are some of their stories.


South Africa's Chad le Clos is world's best

In the week he was crowned as the world's best swimmer for 2014, South Africa's Olympic champion Chad le Clos set a new world record in the 100m butterfly – and won gold in the 200m freestyle – at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha.


SA conservationist Ian Player dies, aged 87

Ian Player "worked tirelessly, fully committed to his life’s work of nature conservation and his quest to understand the human spirit and psyche", the Wilderness Foundation said of its 87-year-old founder, who passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday.


Tipfuxeni Project connects NGOs with funders

Information technology is strengthening civil society in South Africa, fostering new relationships and empowering communities. Now a new platform, the Tipfuxeni Project, connects South African NGOS with international funders.

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